Sharpening station wet grinder (Thormek, Sheppac, Jet, whatever). #3: Dedicated area for the sharpening station

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Blog entry by mafe posted 09-03-2011 09:26 PM 5936 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Dedicated area for the sharpening station
finally a dedicated area in the shop…

Never too late!

The more woodworking I do the more I realize that half the work is sharp irons.
And I was really tired to have the water grinder, water and sharpening gear all over the place, so even my shop is really small, I decided to dedicate a little area to sharpening.
It’s right behind my workbench, so I will need only to turn around to touch up an iron.

First step is to cut up some waterproof plywood, the kind that is used for concrete formwork.

As you can see I use the MFT3 Festool table and saw, promised some time ago to show how it worked.

Parts ready.
Silicone and a nailer.

And viola, the waterproof tray is a reality.

Fitted to my old storage unit.

Sharpening station is finally a reality – jubiiii.
A shelf added behind for gear.
The tray can move in and out so it functions as a little table.

Thank you for watching, small improvements can have a big impact sometimes.

Hope this can inspire others to dedicate a little area of the workshop, no matter how small your shop is,

Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 09-03-2011 09:43 PM

and viola

you did it

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 09-03-2011 10:07 PM

Cool idea. I like a place for everything and then you can keep everything in its place! It is evne more importandt when you have a small shop. every square inch counts!!
Nice going , Mads…..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 09-03-2011 10:43 PM

Thats what WE ALL need to do, one of those usable things I just keep putting off. I hope to build mine on a portable cart, then I can roll it outside when its nice and sharpen till I drop ! (Goal is to have everything I need in ONE cart !)
Thanks for posting yours , should help motivate me even more.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#4 posted 09-03-2011 11:07 PM

Must be something in the air with this sharpening station idea. I just came in from the shop to take a break and check LJs…. guess what I was working on. A sharpening station .

It’s neat to see some of your past work hanging on the wall behind your work area. Mallets, axes with leather covers….

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#5 posted 09-04-2011 01:11 AM

Nice!! Can you glue the concrete board pieces together?

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#6 posted 09-04-2011 02:47 AM

As always, very inventive. I’m really digging those hand grinders you have there, too. I have one very similar to the one on the right in the pictures. If I could just figure out how to spin it and guide the tool with one hand and acurately grind an edge, I think I would get rid of my power grinder.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#7 posted 09-04-2011 03:21 AM

Cool idea, Mad.

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#8 posted 09-04-2011 05:02 AM

Nice sharpening station Mads.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 09-04-2011 05:46 AM

Canadianchips, just how big a cart are you going to build? Every time I think I have everything I need, I
always discover another method I like better. I am not undecided, I just can not remember what I am
supposed to decide.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#10 posted 09-04-2011 10:55 AM

Improving your shop will payoff.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#11 posted 09-04-2011 03:39 PM

Hi guys,
Yes finally I did it!
Slow but steady…
But I realized that I was always sharpening, so acually the sharpening area is as important as a good workbench and even the best chisel is useless when dull.
Now I just have to save up some money for some diamond stones and I will be all settled there.
A outside sharpening stations sounds just wonderful, but since my workshop is in the basement…
The handgrinders are rarely used, I just love them, but with a discsander and a watergrinder it takes more than fanatism before I start spinning the wheels.
Thank you all for the kind comments, this is after all just me playing in my workshop,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#12 posted 09-06-2011 12:05 PM

Hi Mads, that is a neat idea, nothing worse than having every thing scattered…... the more we do the more space we always seem to need.

Thanks for sharing Mads.

-- When you know better you do better.

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Kent Shepherd

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#13 posted 09-07-2011 03:23 PM

I love organization. This looks great.
Seems like the work on my shop never ends.

Thanks Mads


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